Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Experienced cast lined up for musical tribute at Jimmy Ferraro's

NEW PORT RICHEY — Believe it or not, some people go see Broadway shows just to hear one favorite tune from the entire show.

It may be the dramatic "chandelier song" from The Phantom of the Opera, when an organist pounds the keyboard as a wobbly chandelier rises from the stage floor to dangle from the theater ceiling; the wickedly funny Popular from Wicked, when Galinda advises Elphaba how to manipulate and contrive to be pop-u-lur, or the tenderly gentle Tonight from West Side Story.

The upcoming show at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, Puttin' on the Glitz, is tailor made for such people, as well as those who love an entire show but get a special tingle when such favorites appear.

The backbone of any such show is the people doing the singing and dancing, and show director Ferraro is bringing together six of the Tampa Bay area's most popular to sing and dance their way through Broadway favorites, from the well-known South Pacific, Phantom, Mame and Les Miserables to some perhaps less known, such as Sunset Boulevard, The Wiz and many more.

Ferraro calls the latter "little known gems that will become memorable hits." And he says it will appeal to audiences of all ages.

The cast includes:

Mary Anne Edwards, who has performed on stages from Florida to New York City, including the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center and Ferraro's. Her soaring soprano has been heard in operas The Tales of Hoffman, Die Fledermaus, The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, Cosi fan tutte, Carmen and several operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan. She's also done Broadway tunes, playing Grace Farrell in Annie, the title role in Gigi, Julie in Carousel and Anna in The King and I, among many others. She's even done the Florida concert circuit with her own solo show, Broadway Melodies.

Sara DelBeato, an award-winning jazz singer and actor, last seen at Ferraro's as the kooky Bobbi Michelle in Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She has entertained with Norwegian Cruise Lines and toured the country with Arthur, Live!, based on the PBS show. She won a HAMI Award at Stage West Community Playhouse as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and specializes in covering favorite singers in Sara Sings Streisand and The Bette Set, a tribute to Bette Midler.

Tracie Callahan, a familiar face at Ferraro's (What in the Dickens Happened to Scrooge, Ain't Retirement Grand, among others), as well as at Richey Suncoast Theatre, where she won a Tommy Award for her portrayal of Agnes Gooch in Mame. She's also performed at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre (The Sound of Music) and at several venues as part of Chanteuse Charms, a revue-style show.

Heather Lynn Spillane, a Studio Theatre veteran who also has had major roles in musical theater at other venues, including Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Betty in The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Debra L. Snyder, a professional belly dancer, teacher and troupe director who has danced in several venues in Can-Can, West Side Story, Big Bawdy Burlesque and many others. She's frequently seen in pre-show performances at Studio Theatre, entertaining guests as they line up on the sidewalk to wait for the doors to open.

Elicia Nystrom, a belly dancer who also sang in The Singing Divas of Broadway and Hollywood, A Christmas Cabaret and Jimmy's Shimmy Showcase. She's been a member of Troupe Sahirnee and performed at numerous festivals, benefits and competitions.

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